A must-see classic that was awarded the Silver Bear at the 1992 Berlinale, with a remarkable performance of the Dutch actress Johanna Ter Steege. This probably the most improvised film ever made by Istvan Szabo, was the first to depict the hard changes of the Hungarian society started in 1989.
Emma and Bobe came to Budapest from the countryside to teach Russian. The only problem is that Russian is no longer wanted. Russian schoolbooks are burnt, teachers are mocked. Schools now ask for compulsory English, which the two young women never learned. The two girlfriends fall on hard times - Emma becomes a maid while Bobe ends up in prison for illegal money changing and prostitution. Only one will survive.
Screening will be followed by Q&A with Johanna ter Steege
- Istvan Szabo